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Kids need time to Play

It’s nearly the end of September and school is about to start in the Malian school system. I think in part to honour the need for kids to support agricultural activities during the rainy planting, growing and harvesting seasons, the school year starts later than it does in some other countries. 394 more words

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Humanitarian Work Is Really Changing Centuries Old Habits

We humanitarians, NGO’s and even mission workers often forget something very critical. Habits, attitudes, and traditional patterns of thinking and behavior must change.

That “amazing technology”, that amazing “idea” to, “Help those poor people over there”, is not the main thing.

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Better not Perfect

I am learning a lot at my job. It’s one of the reasons I keep on keeping on – the continual learning process. We all know how hard it is to feel confident that we are in anyway doing a good job but I feel like I am able to recognize a few things that while I am not doing them perfectly I am doing them better than I have before. 368 more words

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Victor Hugo lives on

Victor Hugo is a French author and poet famous for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables. He wrote stories that are considered some of the greatest romances of all time. 203 more words

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Poverty and Youth: a recipe for change in Mali?

El-Eid Tabaski in Bamako
It is Friday 9 September and I am sitting in a taxi that takes me through traffic-congested Bamako. Sheep are packed along the roads, waiting to be eaten during the Muslim feast of Tabaski on Monday, 12th. 1,038 more words

Turning a new Leaf

I’ll admit I’ve been ungrateful lately and as such have been a sad bear. A couple of months ago my beautiful friend group of amazing people shrank from double digits down to a handful. 296 more words

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Short-sighted Sweep of Bamako

Here in Mali the streets are lined with thousands of businesses made of corrugated tin and seemingly thrown together in whatever space people can carve out for themselves. 499 more words

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